As many people do, at the beginning of the year, I’ve been considering the year just finished, and digging deep to find how the year I’m entering can be better; more productive, more quiet, more adventurous, more of whatever it is supposed to be.
Like a hastily taken photograph, there has been a lot of noise in this picture.
I have been able to narrow that noise down to three top priorities.
In short, they are; 1. Use my writing to help others to heal from their trauma. 2. Take my photography to a higher level to show God’s magnificence and 3. To help people in a more person to person sort of way.
All of these simply mean that I need to stop making excuses, and carve out more time to work on each of these things.
All this past month or so, a different kind of thought has been surfacing around me.
It manifests in different ways and places, but it means the same thing.
I simply MUST take more time to be quiet.
I don’t mean just idle, we all know how to do that.
What I mean is taking that time to quiet the noise inside, so that I can think more clearly.
If you know me, you know that I am a big proponent of “Quietude”, even to the point of making little YouTube spots to help in the process.
Truth time; For the past six months or so, I haven’t been making those spots, or even using them for what they are created for.
Life takes a turn sometimes and gets crazy.
When the crazy comes to an end, it takes some time to get back to where we (read I) need to be so we can gain some strength back – mentally, physically or spiritually.
Enter oversleeping, overeating, over social media-ing, binge watching TV.
This isn’t all bad; the trick is to know when that time is here to stop it, and then do something about it!
One of the ways that it is being made clear to me that it’s time is through a little daily devotion that I read.
Over the last little while, it keeps talking about time, and how it’s been difficult, busy, frustrating and somewhat stagnant.
It also has been encouraging in regards to priorities, entering a new phase of life, knowing I’m not the only one, and resisting the urge (or the habit) of staying hidden away.
These devotions have talked about the significant (I like that word!) changes that have taken place during this time; and now it is time to accomplish what these changes are bringing to pass.
Coming out of this place of retreat, can seem overwhelming.
The habits that help us to be calm, take time to bring to the surface again;
The New and Improved Model!
It seems slow, even one step ahead is always preferred.
But it all makes me want to run forward.
Then today two things came in front of me almost simultaneously;
I heard a friend speak (on Facebook Live) that I hadn’t heard in a while. He was talking about “Zoning out”. His word for “Quietude”. And how he must do this every day, to quiet the noise, to turn off the world we live in, so he can think; the silence speaks volumes. The “Mind of Christ” becomes clearer to him at these times.
Today’s devotion was this; January 14, 2020: Take a breath and settle down, says the Lord. I know your sense of urgency and impatience to get a move on, but right now I need you to be tolerant and long-suffering. Otherwise, you will remove yourself from the flow of divine destiny. Keep yourself in My Spirit and take life as it comes with the grace I will provide. Romans 16:24 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
Oh my goodness.
Gently and kindly I’ve been being pushed in this direction – and then today……
It didn’t seem very gentle.
It seemed very firm and deliberate.
Take the time.
I used to teach people that even if you start with five minutes, it could help.
Then you can move the time out as your grow in strength.
But God can work with ANY time that we give Him.
How did this get left off of my priority list?
Well its back on there folks.
The results will be amazing!
I’ve experienced them before, those “Quietude” moments.